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Here's a Thought for May 21

May 21, 2010
By The Rev. Bernard Wing

Grace Life Church

Celebrating graduations

This time of year it seems everyone is looking forward to graduations. Life is full of continuous graduation celebrations it seems. Maybe that is why it is said that life is a continuous, lifelong journey of learning and maturing. We move from stage to stage marked by graduation celebrations along the way.

Kindergartners have a special graduation to celebrate getting to move up to the first grade. Eighth graders have a special graduation and celebrate (with some trepidation perhaps) moving up into high school. Upon completing high school and being able to graduate we move on to additional college or vocational training. Sometimes we even manage to graduate with honors or high honors because of our due diligence and hard work of hitting the books. We graduate from colleges and hope to be gainfully employed in our careers of choice. These all are big graduation celebration milestones of life.

If you have ever been in the military, you probably experienced going to the many training schools that were required and the celebration of many additional graduation ceremonies. Some of my proudest moments as a father have been when blessed to attend the graduation of two of my sons from the Marine boot camp in San Diego, Calif. At another son's more recent ceremony in the U.S. Army, I was privileged to go up and pin his Warrant Officer bars on his shoulder.

There is one graduation celebration we all will one day face and that is at the end of life. I do so desire it to be a celebration of honor where we can enter into our glorious eternal dwelling with the Lord. I pray we will come to that day and be proud to be able to stand because of the Righteousness of Jesus Christ having been imputed to us on the day we believed and agreed His way is the only way unto salvation. To be able to joyfully celebrate this time not because of what we have done but because of what Jesus did for us all. Our part in this in order to be qualified for graduation celebration is found in this verse: John 6:20 (NLT) 29 Jesus told them, "This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent."

After we believe there are the good works of righteousness we have been saved to do in the time we are allowed to live that will bring pleasure to God and eternal rewards for us. I want us to be like Jesus and Paul and be able to say with them I have finished the work given me to do, or I have finished my course or my race, and enter into my full rewards and receive my crown of righteousness. To hear the Father say; "well done, my good and faithful servant."

John 17:4 (NKJV) 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me - the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

Matthew 25:21 (NLT) 21 "The master was full of praise. "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!

The questions to consider today might be these. Have I been faithful with what talents, time and resources God has entrusted to me while on this earth? Have I believed and received the imputed righteousness of Jesus by being born again of the Holy Spirit from above and have the right to be called a child of God? Have I been a faithful, trustworthy ambassador of love in the demonstration to God and to others?

Those are my thoughts for today and I pray you will enjoy very graduation celebration you will face throughout all of life. I especially pray you will be well prepared to face that end of life graduation celebration having lived in right standing with god to come boldly before His throne to receive your gold glossy eternal diploma and many-jeweled crown of glory.



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